WWW Wednesday 29-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

I’ve rated all three books 4 stars!

Currently Reading

Almost finished with The Jews and just started with The Teacher of Warsaw.

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

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Top 5 Tuesday – Top Books of 2022 (So Far…)

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Top Books of 2022 (So far…)

As of today, I’ve rated seven books as 5-star reads. So it’s not really Top 5 Tuesday today. 🙂 It’s Top 7 Tuesday! 🙂 These seven books are wonderful, fascinating and very interesting in different ways. Highly recommended!

Additionally, these three books below are also worth mentioning. I’ve rated these books 4.5 stars and are also highly recommended.

Have you read any of these books? What are your top reads so far this year?

Quote of the Week

Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure—even the worst—beats the hell out of not trying.

~Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

WWW Wednesday 22-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Merchant of Venice is undoubtedly anti-Semitic, with anti-Jewish stereotypes, persecuting a Jewish villain. The plot is predictable but how we get to the result/end is worth the read. 3 stars.

My Brilliant Life is about Areum, a 16-year-old boy with a body of an 80-year-old man. He looks like an 80-year-old and has illnesses of people of that age. Knowing that he will die soon due to his sickness, accelerated-aging disorder, he decided to write about his parents love story. Achingly good ending. 4 stars.

When the World was Ours is the story of three life-long friends. They were happy together and living peacefully and then the war came. It turned out to be a happy story for one of them but tragic for the other two. It’s not heavy on facts about the WW2 but good enough to give you an idea of what happened during that part of history. Well-written, engaging and an important story. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

I haven’t finished The Jews yet, I think I still have a hundred or so pages more to go but I am learning a lot from it. I am also currently reading Rules of Civility and as with Amor Towles other books, I am also liking this one.

Reading Next

I plan to read Hamlet, another Shakespeare, this coming week and I am excited to read my first Mario Escobar book, The Teacher of Warsaw. I have his other works but haven’t really tried reading them but The Teacher of Warsaw sounds very interesting to me so we’ll see!

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Rainy Day Reads

It’s always a treat to cozy up with a good book on rainy days. Rainy day reading is one of the best feelings ever! Don’t you think so, too? Here are five of my top rainy day reads…

Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite rainy day read?

Quote of the Week

The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.

~Rick Warren

WWW Wednesday 15-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Our Last Days in Barcelona – I did not know that there were other books before this since this is my first Chanel Cleeton read… and definitely not the last. It tells the story of the Perez family and this book’s focus is Isabel and her mother, Alicia. I loved the writing, I loved the characters and the story. I will surely read the other books about the other Perez sisters. Historical fiction has always been my favorite genre and this is one example why. 4.5 stars.

North to Paradise – This is the story of a man’s journey from Ghana to Spain. Inspiring and motivating. 4 stars.

This Time Tomorrow – This is a delightful time travelling story that made me miss my dad so much. In the story, it’s Alice’s 40th birthday, she’s drunk and stumbles in the guardhouse just outside his father’s house. When she woke up, she was mysteriously 16 years old again. I loved Leonard, Alice’s father. I liked Sam, her best friend. I didn’t very much like Alice. I liked the mid-90s references. I liked the father-daughter relationship. I liked the talk about time travel. All in all, a good read. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m almost halfway through The Jews and it is very informative. I’m taking my time reading this as I want to understand it fully. It’s truly an interesting book. I have just started with My Brilliant Life and so far, it’s a compelling read.

Reading Next

I randomly chose both books for my next reads so let’s see what stories they have in store for us!

How was your reading week? Any new favorites?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books That Remind You of a Season

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books That Remind You of a Season

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe would always remind me of winter. As the youngest sibling discovers the door and the world behind the wardrobe and the curse over the land that it will always be winter but no Christmas.

jaws

Beach and sharks. Well, wouldn’t that remind you of summer? And what good book could that be other than Peter Benchley’s Jaws, right?

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A Christmas Carol is another book that would surely remind everyone of the winter season.

sweetbeanpaste

Sweet Bean Paste is set during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo with a doroyaki shop under the tree that blossoms the most.

thegreatgatsby

In The Great Gatsby, summer and fall were used in the plot to symbolize the characters’ situations.

What books remind you of a season?

Quote of the Week

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

~Mother Teresa

WWW Wednesday 08-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Remarkably Bright Creatures is a fun, charming and heart-filled story. Tova takes a cleaning job at a local aquarium after her husband and son died and became friends with Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus. Marcellus is old but very witty, a keen observant and senses Tova’s grief and so he becomes a big part of the story. I absolutely love this book. So 5 stars!

The Hacienda was kind of a combination of Rebecca and Mexican Gothic. There were interesting parts of the story like the daily life of the people in the hacienda, the exorcism, the oppression of the Mestizos, however, I didn’t find the story strong enough. I wish it was more creepy, gothic and unpredictable? Plus, it’s a slow read. It was a fine read all in all but not something I’d recommend. 2.5 stars.

Currently Reading

I am currently reading The Jews by Howard Fast and I should say it’s so far, fascinating. Also, I am enjoying Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton and I must say I like her writing style.

Reading Next

Up next on my reading list: My Brilliant Life by Ae-ran Kim and This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub. Both first reads from these authors.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with a Holiday

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with a Holiday (travel/vacation)

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Arthur Less will take you on a trip to several places like India, Berlin and Morocco as he struggles to accept that he is turning 50 while going through a very painful breakup. His adventures and misadventures will let him discover more and more about himself.

thebeach

The Beach centers on the backpackers and their quest to do something different. An American travels to Southeast Asia when a fellow backpacker commits suicide and leaves him with a map to an ideal destination. I haven’t seen the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio but I’m considering.

thevacationers

The Vacationers is a book that reminds us that it takes more than an trip to escape our worries and problems.

nineprefectstrangers

Nine strangers travels to a wellness retreat for various reasons set in a boutique Australian health spa. They are faced with suspicious methods practiced by the staffs on how to “reset” their lives. Nine Perfect Strangers is dark, sometimes funny, suspenseful and mysterious.

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Wayward Son is the sequel to Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. It was a fun book about friendships and relationships and their exciting journeys with stolen vehicles. Truly an adventure as Simon and Baz’s relationship strengthened though no closure or anything decisive happened… yet.

Spell the Month in Books – JUNE

Hello there, Homo sapiens! Welcome to another Spell the Month in Books! ! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

This month, I’m using titles from my TBR shelf. I hope to read these books this month or the next. Let’s get started, shall we?

J – The Jews

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U – Unlikely Animals

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N – The Netanyahus

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E – Empire of Pain

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What book titles did you use to spell June?

Quote of the Week

You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you.

~Maxwell Maltz

What I Read in May

Hello there, Homo sapiens!

We’ve made it to June! I’ve read 11 books in May and it’s been a real mixed bag, so, let me share with you the books I’ve read.

4.5 Stars

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4 Stars

3.5 Stars

3 Stars

Have you read any of these books? What have you read in May? Please share! I hope June treat us all well! Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday 01-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

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